Oil tanker in Red Sea reportedly hit by Houthi missile

MENA

Published: 2024-05-18 11:08

Last Updated: 2024-06-25 02:05


Smoke billows rise from the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker after being hit in the Gulf of Oman. (June 13, 2019) (Photo: AFP)
Smoke billows rise from the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker after being hit in the Gulf of Oman. (June 13, 2019) (Photo: AFP)

British maritime security firm “Ambrey” said it received a report of a crude oil tanker getting hit by a missile off the coast of Yemen.

“A Panama-flagged crude oil tanker was reportedly attacked” about 10 nautical miles southwest of Mokha, Ambrey said, adding that information "indicated the vessel was hit by a missile and that there was a fire in the steering gear flat.”

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said it received a report of a vessel "sustaining slight damage after being struck by an unknown object".

"The vessel and crew are safe and continuing to its next port of call,” UKMTO added.

Since Oct. 19, 2023, The Houthis have been targeting vessels linked with “Israel” in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, which has been ravaged by the “Israeli” aggression since Oct. 7, 2023.

In response, the US and the UK started carrying out strikes against Houthis targets to “protect freedom of navigation” - per their expression.

Afterwards, the Houthis declared American and British ships and interests to be legitimate targets as well.

"We will persist in upholding our religious, moral and humanitarian duties towards the Palestinian people, and our military operations will not stop unless the aggression stops and the siege on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip is lifted," Houthis Military Spokesperson Sare’e said.